Record daily number of coronavirus infections - 615 cases

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Poland reported its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic on Thursday, with 615 new infections, according to the health ministry's Twitter account. The ministry also announced the deaths of a further 15 people. Poland has reported a total of 45,031 infections and 1,709 deaths so far.

Poland reported on Thursday its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with 615 new infections, and said it may impose quarantine measures for people returning home from some countries.

The health ministry also said on its Twitter account that the number of documented deaths had risen by 15 to 1,709 so far.

Poland was considered one of the countries that had managed the pandemic relatively well, with a total of 45,031 infections so far. It began relaxing restrictions, including a ban on leaving home without a purpose, in May.

In July, before a presidential election that was won by an ally of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told voters that COVID-19 is a disease "like any other".

But in recent days the number of new infections has climbed higher. The health ministry blamed outbreaks in coal mines and said it expects the numbers to fall to around 300 a day next week after the planned isolation of sick people.

New infections were detected mainly in two regions, including the coal mining region of Silesia, said health ministry spokesman Wojciech Andrusiewicz. He also told TVN24 that a "high number of new infections" may occur in the coming days.

Quarantine may be reinstated for people returning from some countries, government spokesman Piotr Müller said on Thursday, citing Spain and France as countries triggering concerns about the coronavirus.

"We are considering introducing a quarantine for particular countries from the European Union and from outside of the European Union," Müller told private broadcaster Polsat News.

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